The effect of response latencies on the validity of personality scales

Jeanne Marie Catanzaro, Fordham University


The present study sought to provide further evidence of the utility of response latency data by investigating whether response latencies to a personality scale could be used to enhance predictions of standing on a conceptually-related scale taken from a second personality inventory, over and above that which could be accomplished on the basis of the scores on the first scale alone. One hundred university students (56 female, 42 male) completed computerized versions of the NEO PI-R and several scales taken from the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI). A series of multiple regression analyses failed to support the hypothesis that the use of response latencies as a second predictor would augment the measure of association for related pairs of scales. Reexamination of the data on a within-subject basis revealed a curvilinear relationship between response choice and response time for 94 of 98 subjects on the PAI and for 52 of 98 subjects on the NEO PI-R. The implications of these results are discussed, with recommendations for further exploration of the observed relationship in future research.

Subject Area

Psychotherapy|Personality|Psychological tests

Recommended Citation

Catanzaro, Jeanne Marie, "The effect of response latencies on the validity of personality scales" (1997). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI9730085.